Many Unitarian Universalists believe that “service is our prayer” and that our deeds are more important than our creeds. Therefore, doing good in the world is a big part of our community. You will see it show up in many ways:
Sermons, Forums, and Guest Speakers
We periodically discuss justice issues in sermons, in our Sunday morning Forum before the Service, and several times a year when we bring in speakers on topical issues. You will find many opportunities to expand your mind and uplift your spirit.
Support for “Black Lives Matter”
We support the Black Lives Matter movement within our sermons and programs and through our initiatives and actions. Visible evidence of our support is the banner we proudly display outside of our building.
Support for LGBTQ justice
We are a Welcoming Congregation. Each of us has worth and dignity, and we open our doors to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We believe that all of who you are is sacred, and all of who you are is welcome.
Toiletries for the Homeless
We collect toiletries for the homeless of Ocala, Fla. Once a month, we sort the donations and hand them out on the streets of Ocala with other interfaith partners. Donations are welcome at the church any time.
Our next-door community of Dallas is home to many working immigrant farm families. We provide English lessons, rides to doctor appointments, Christmas presents for the kids, and other services as needed.
Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship
We work with the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship fund in The Villages to host a breakfast and provide generous scholarships to students in the area.
Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade
Every year, we get a good turnout of members to march in the Ocala MLK Day Parade, showing our solidarity as a faith organization.
Community of Gratitude Food Bank in Ocklawaha
We always keep a bin at the back of the sanctuary for collecting canned and boxed foods, which we donate to one of the food banks in Ocklawaha.
Want to know what else is going on? Be sure to read the latest news here. And check out all the fliers and sign-up sheets in the back of the sanctuary for more information.
The Dallas Project
For over ten years Tri-UU has actively supported immigrant families in a nearby trailer park community in Dallas, FL. We’ve provided English classes, transportation to medical appointments, holiday events for children and, most recently, direct aid during the Covid19 pandemic.
Together with the San Pedro ESL program we raised $6565 for food, and on May 1 we began distributing food gift cards and face masks. (Although some the workers still have jobs, work hours have been cut drastically, and minimizing exposure to Covid19 is especially important as few families have health insurance.)
The Dallas Community project puts our UU principles into action. And as project leader Carole Clarke sums it up, “We want them to show them that we Americans appreciate all they do for us and value their friendship.”
Tri-UU Memorial Garden
While the Tri-UU building remains closed, the Memorial Garden is open to all, and well worth a visit.
Located just off the parking lot, the Garden is a place to recall the lives of past members memorialized there or to simply enjoy nature in a quiet and beautiful setting.
Originally created by Tri-UU member Dick Basich, the Memorial Garden was recently revitalized by a team led by Suzanne Seitz. Landscaping was revamped through weeding, trimming, new plantings and irrigation. The memorial stones are more accessible and the walk paths and seating more conducive to quiet meditation. The Garden is being transformed from a sometimes overlooked relic to a place of peaceful beauty.
Although still a work in progress, all are welcome to visit the Garden and take heart in the work being accomplished while we cannot always be physically together. Your donations to the Memorial Garden fund and the loving toil of the team members have made this wonderful transformation possible.
Need a place to “find the stillness”? Try our Memorial Garden.
Special Interest Activities
Potlucks – Once each month, a group or team sponsors a potluck dinner at Tri-County Unitarian Universalists. Contact: Doris Pallet.
Book Club – The popular book club, made up of women and men, meets monthly to discuss a book that all have read. Contact: Cindy Grossman.
“UU and U” Potluck Parties – Once a month, a member or friend of Tri-UU opens his or her home for a couple of hours. People bring drinks, appetizers, and desserts to share. Contact: Orvilla Sheller.
Eating for Life – This group of members and friends is interested in vegan eating and the vegan lifestyle. Members host a vegan potluck at Tri-UU each month. Click here for our Vegan Recipes! Contacts: Margaret Wineman and Sofie Buyniski.
Men’s Golf Group – This group plays executive courses on Wednesdays in The Villages throughout the year, if there are enough players to make a foursome. Contacts: Mike Donato and Bill Coburn.
Memorial Garden – Visit the Garden to recall the lives of past members memorialized there or to just enjoy nature in a quiet, beautiful setting. Want to get involved in maintaining the Garden? Contact Suzanne Seitz.
Small Group Ministries
Also known as "covenant groups” or “chalice circles,” small group ministry is a growing part of Tri-UU. Eight to 10 people meet monthly to reflect on and discuss significant life topics, such as good and evil, mindful living, or letting go.
Whatever the topic, conversations are respectful and caring. In each session, all participants have the opportunity to share their perspectives, tell their stories, and listen intently. Over time, participants build deep connections with one another, with the congregation, and with the sacred.
Tri-UU Lifespan Education classes are designed to nurture Unitarian Universalist identity, spiritual growth, a transforming faith, and vital communities of justice and love. Previous classes included “Long Strange Trip,” “The Spirituality of Aging,” and “What Moves Us: Unitarian Universalist Theology.” Programs addressing current affairs such as immigration, gun violence, and mass incarceration are presented through the lens of Unitarian Universalism.
For the latest catalog of Lifespan Education Classes, CLICK HERE.